Two Things I Love

Happy Monday!  After a great weekend with some girl time, some solo time, some spa time, and just a lot of R&R in general, I am ready to conquer this workweek.  Or ... maybe that's just the caffeine speaking from my large iced coffee this morning.

Today I am sharing two things I just love:

{1} Shortcut Sangria
While I was waiting for my girlfriend Ashley to arrive at my house Friday evening, I enjoyed the always-perfect combo of beautification + cocktail imbibing. 

Although I typically make white wine sangria that "marinates" for a long time in the fridge, I decided to throw together a really quick glass of red sangria that I deemed Shortcut Sangria.  This is no gourmet recipe -- but it is a quick and easy one.  I simply filled my glass a third of the way with red wine, added an equal part of lemon-flavored soda water, stirred in 1/2 packet of Splenda, and topped it with some slices of lemon and orange, and several ice cubes.  Ta-da.  Done.  Bam.

{2} Garnier B.B. Cream
After posting the above photo to my Instagram feed (@alizadventures), I was asked if I like the B.B. Cream that is shown in my cabinet above.

Yes, yes, and yes!

I bought the Garnier B.B. Cream several months back and I haven't gone a day since without using it.  A small bit goes a long way, so it has lasted forever.  It gives my face a really dewy glow without the heavy weight of a typical foundation.  It has SPF built in to the formula, and I've found that it just creates a really even tone to my face. 

If I'm just running to the farmer's market or grocery store on the weekends, I'll put on a pea-sized amount of this and a little rosy gel blush.  Throw on a baseball cap and some pearl studs... four easy steps and I'm ready to run into someone I know at the store (which will inevitably happen when you're pre-shower on the weekend).

This is the first and only B.B. Cream I've tried, but I was definitely intrigued by Shasta's recent glowing review (yep, pun intended) of a different B.B. cream.

Do you use a B.B. cream?  If so -- details, details, girl!


  1. I got the chance to try the Garnier BB Cream a while back through BzzAgent. I liked it at first but then started having eczema flare ups with it so I stopped using it. I also noticed it didn't work well with other products - moisturizer or foundation, for example. I know Maybelline just came out with a BB Cream so maybe I'll give that one a shot?

  2. i'm definitely going to have to try your quick sangria recipe! yumm

  3. I might have to try the BB cream!

  4. I tried the Stila BB cream in Ulta recently and LOVED the glow it left on my skin! It was gorgeous! I am wondering though if the Garnier version will achieve the same effect and be a little easier on my check book :) I will def be purchasing one though!

  5. My quick sangria - red wine, add an ice cube, drink quickly.

  6. quick sangria- this looks like a total must in my life!!! Thank you

  7. Up until last week when I read Shasta's post I had no clue what BB cream was. I love your nail color and have been on hunt for a good aqua/mint color for sometime, what brand/color is it?

  8. I just started using clinique bb cream about a week ago and so far I am loving it! I'll have to remember the garnier for next time. i love how easy it is.

  9. I've been using the Boscia BB Cream from Sephora for the last few months and I LOVE it! I've been using it under my BareMinerals foundation and I love how it smooths my complexion without feeling too cakey! I may have to try the much cheaper than the Boscia!

  10. that sangria looks amazing!!! I have been wanting to try a BB cream! I may need to buy this! sounds like a great weekend :) xoxo

  11. That sangria sounds amazing! :)

  12. I use the same BB cream and I LOVE it! It's awesome, I'll most likely be using it year round.

  13. drinking and beautifying-- sounds like my kind of night.

    I'm not a huge fan of the garnier bb cream. I have really oily skin in the summer and it just made it worse. I loved the texture and coverage though. It just didn't work on me. Glad you like it though!

  14. I've heard of that, but wasn't sure if I should get it. I seriously need some new "summer" makeup. My foundation now is matte, so I've been trying to find something that gives a dewey look. Do you know if it is waterproof?


  15. I have the garnier as well, and I loved it at first, but the love is starting to falter a bit. After Shasta's review, I was thinking of trying that one, or going back to my faithful Bobbi Brown as they just released one as well. :)

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